KCET Weekly Series 'SOCAL CONNECTED' Receives First National Edward R. Murrow Award

BURBANK, CA - June 12, 2014 - KCETLink, the national independent public media organization, is pleased to announce that it has been honored with its first National Edward R. Murrow Award® by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) for its weekly news series, SOCAL CONNECTED.


SOCAL CONNECTED's piece, "Nothing to Cheer About", which explored the dangers young women face in cheerleading, won for best sports reporting in the large market television category. The segment was produced by Angela Shelley; Laura Ling, reporter; Alicia Clark, associate producer; Michael Bloecher, editor.

This year, RTDNA awarded 98 national Edward R. Murrow Awards in 13 categories including Overall Excellence, Breaking News, Investigative Reporting and more. RTDNA received more than 4,000 entries during the 2014 awards season, surpassing 2013 by more than 500 entries and setting an all-time record for entries in what proved to be one of the most competitive Edward R. Murrow Awards seasons in RTDNA history.


The national awards will be presented at the New York Marriott Marquis in New York City on October 6, 2014.


Currently in its sixth season, SOCAL CONNECTED is anchored by 15-time Emmy-Award winner, Val Zavala. Contributors to SOCAL CONNECTED include science journalist Cara Santa Maria, reporters Derrick Shore and Jennifer Sabih, documentary filmmaker Nic Cha Kim and writer Nick Hardcastle.


SOCAL CONNECTED airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. and repeats Fridays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 6:30 p.m. Weekly segments are also available online at socalconnected.org.






SoCal Connected, winner of a Peabody and two duPont Awards, 20 Emmy® Awards, 24 Golden Mikes, 47 LA Press Club Awards, two Gracie Awards, and one national and four regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, including Best News Documentary and Los Angeles Magazine's "Best New Local TV Program" of 2009, airs exclusively on KCET. For more information, to view episodes online or to leave comments, please visit www.socalconnected.orgSoCal Connected is made possible through the generous support of The Ahmanson Foundation, Chapman University and the MaddocksBrown Foundation.


About KCETLink


KCETLink is the national independent public transmedia organization formed by the merger between KCET and Link Media.  A viewer-supported 501c(3) organization, its content is distributed nationally via satellite on DirecTV (375) and DISH (9410), in Southern and Central California via broadcast, as well as through various digital delivery systems.  The combined organization reaches a wide broadcast audience that includes Link TV's 33 million satellite subscribers and KCET's 5.6 million households in Southern and Central California.


RTDNA is the world's largest professional organization devoted exclusively to electronic journalism. RTDNA represents local and network journalists in broadcasting, cable and digital media in more than 30 countries.


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